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  1. Had my lead level checked within the last 6 months, it was in the 3 - 4 range. I don't handle bare lead, I almost never shoot indoors, I wash my hands pretty often. Once in a while I wear nitrile gloves during reloading and gun clearning activities. Main exposure to lead dust is when I handle dirty unsorted brass I think. Doesn't seem to be enough to cause problems.
  2. Haven't missed a day of dry fire for quite a while. That's always been the foundation for improvement. Getting to the gym regularly, too.
  3. Great attitude. Watch the good shooters around you, and listen. You'll learn the right ways to do things.
  4. Reminiscing about this night I did this: https://practiscore.com/results/new/35921 (5th place overall shooter, coming in behind only the Open guys). I was doing my best shooting at that time.
  5. Got into some kind of crazy good zone a couple of nights ago during dry fire. It was after a full day's work and the usual 2-3/4 hours of round-trip driving I do every day for my commute. I'm in decent form (for me) since I recently shot a USPSA match and have been dry firing more than usual. I have some live fire training ideas that I'll share once I'm doing them. Steel Challenge coming up Jan 19.
  6. Don't neglect the most basic of basics. Put yourself on the clock, draw, fire one or two shots. Whittle down the time for your first accurate shot, or two shots, while putting those bullets where you intend them to go. Figure what works for you to get out of the holster to the sights on target in the most automatic way, consistently. This will serve you well in any kind of stage in any kind of match.
  7. My training has consisted of more exercise over the last five months, but few matches. I dry fired a good bit before the last USPSA match. The effect is what I'd expect. A match is not very physically draining due to consistent workouts. Gun handling is smooth and quick due to dry fire. Finer accuracy at distances over 10 yards would be better if I did more live fire practice.
  8. I'll make the musical instrument analogy. A highly accomplished or virtuoso musician can pick up a low-end student violin, guitar or horn or whatever and sound fantastic. The virtuoso can do all the things expected of someone at that level as long as the low-end instrument doesn't have a major mechanical issue. But of course the high-end professional-level instrument is what he prefers to play. Why? It works better, it responds better, it takes less effort to play, it has positive nuances due to superior workmanship that he can take advantage of. It's just plain NICE to shoot the higher-end guns. And you will likely find things about them that, if you know how to take advantage, will help you score better.
  9. A G23 is my main carry gun, and I sometimes compete with a G22 with a 40-to-9 conversion barrel.
  10. As you might know, Brian has big hands and probably significantly stronger than average. Also, Bob Vogel and Charlie Perez are gifted (and/or developed) in the hand size-strength area. So what feels like a comfortable grip for them, might require a lot more effort for other people to imitate. Even just long fingers with average strength is an advantage, since leverage is in that person's favor. The ability to clamp down hard on the gun is most definitely advantageous, no one really disputes that. I personally do better when I consistently grip the gun hard.
  11. You're obviously not too proud to show us a video of you shooting a stage as a new competitor. Good for you! We were all there once. Keep it up and enjoy!
  12. Proper technique sacrificed to beat the par time, hmm. I suppose that's a thing. I don't feel drilling to par times has ever hurt me.
  13. I think a lot of people go to electronic -- or even non-electronic -- ear buds to solve that problem. I don't shoot carbines in competition but if I did, I think I'd use ear buds or just the cheap orange banded ear plugs.
  14. I've seen guys shoot SC fast with major loads. But those same shooters are going to be faster with softer loads. That, however, is not necessarily the primary consideration. It's nice to have one load that works for all the games you choose to shoot. I stick with one load -- happens to be 9mm at ~129PF -- for USPSA, Steel Challenge, club practice matches.
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